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In the struggle for social change and progress in the legal profession, the National Bar Institute (NBI) has emerged as a vehicle that is determined to advance the understanding and practice of law amongst African Americans and other minority groups.
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National Bar Institute Purpose
Dr. Walter L. Sutton, Jr.
Chair, National Bar Institute

The National Bar Institute, Inc. (NBI) is a tax-exempt corporation organized under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The NBI was established in 1982 by members of the National Bar Association to educate the public concerning contemporary legal issues, to ensure quality legal educational opportunities for all Americans, and to enhance the quality of legal services provided to people of color and the poor.

National Bar Institute Objectives

The NBI has established the following goals and objectives to support the National Bar Association in its continuing struggle for equal justice for all.

  • To endow the financial future of the National Bar Association;

  • To support deserving law students and law students programs which enhance the quality of legal education;

  • To finance (in whole or in part) litigation which is of significant public importance;

  • To support public forums where lectures, discussions and debates on legal subjects are presented to the general public;

  • To publish scholarly writings on legal subjects for dissemination to the general public; and

  • To improve the administration of justice and to promote high ethical standards for lawyers and judges.

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National Bar Institute Board

Dr. Walter L. Sutton, Jr.
Bentonville, AR

Tamika L. Tremaglio
Vice Chair
Washington, DC

Andrea Pair Bryant
Austin, TX

Frank Seales, Jr.
Washington, DC

J. Robert Carr
General Manager
Washington, DC

Rodney G. Moore
Atlanta, GA

Hon. John L. Braxton
Philadelphia, PA

Joseph H. Hairston
Washington, DC

Linnes Finney, Jr.
Stuart, FL

Sonya D. Hoskins
Dallas, TX

Debra D. Matlock
Chicago, IL

Dana Petersen Moore
Baltimore, MD

Alison R. Nelson
Dearborn, MI

Rapheal M. Prevot, Jr.
New York, NY

Belinda D. Stith
Los Angeles, CA

Reginald M. Turner, Jr.
Detroit, MI




Board Meetings & Events

  • NBI's A. Leon Higginbotham Awards Gala
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